Michelle Cahill

Michelle Cahill

I am a freelance producer and arts professional based in Dublin.

I am a freelance producer and arts professional based in Dublin. My work is driven by a strong interest in supporting and nurturing creative and physical expression. I am passionate about collaborating across all genres to realise artistic ideas and produce ambitious new work for audiences.

I have a background in dance, choreography and performance. I produced my solo show ‘Thirteen Steps to the Attic’ in 2018 that has toured widely. Previously I lectured in performance studies at third level and designed, curated, led, and facilitated many mid to large scale community dance and Dance Education projects for all ages in partnership with local and national organisations. 

As a producer, I work creatively with artists to support their practice and to produce works across a variety of contexts: theatre, non-theatre, film, online, outdoors and in gallery spaces. Artists and companies in my portfolio include Róisín Whelan Dance; Deirdre Griffin/Headonbody, Monica Muñoz Dance, Regan O’Brien, and Rowan Tolley Company (UK). Since 2017 I have worked as company line producer with award-winning Junk Ensemble. I was assistant producer, then producer with Tipperary Dance International Festival (2019-2021), Participant Producer for Dance Ireland’s Cruinniú na nÓg programme Let’s Dance (2021) and Programme Co-ordinator at Shawbrook (2014-2021). I am a participant of Branar’s Meitheal Producer Supports Programme, 2023.

2023 Meitheal Producer Supports. A Branar Initiative
GAP DAY Artist. An initiative by Lian Bell in collaboration with Mermaid Arts Centre.
 Arts Council Agility Award (Dance)
2020 Arts Council Professional Development Award (Dance)
2020 Kildare Arts Office Artists in Schools Bursary
2020 McB Bursary for Dance, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annamakerrig
2018 Dancer in Residence at Ballygar Theatre & Arts Space, East Galway, Nov
2017 Arts Council of Ireland Project Award; Firkin Crane Production Residency; TRY! Dance Residency, Tipperary Dance / Tipperary Excel Arts Centre; ELEVATOR Producer Mentorship Programme, Irish Theatre Institute / Town Hall Theatre, Galway.
2016 Shawbrook Artists Residency; THE NEXT STAGE Professional Development Programme Dublin Theatre Festival and Theatre Forum; Touring Grant Award, Longford County Council
2015 Bursary Award, Dublin City Arts Office
2014 SPACE PROGRAMME Professional Development Residency,The Performance Corporation
2012 Per Cent for Arts Award | Offaly County Council and Tullamore Town Council
2009 Bursary Award | Dublin City Council Arts
2007 Travel & Training Award | Arts Council of Ireland
2004 Professional Development Award | Dublin City Arts Office
‘97-‘98 Student Bursary | The Laban Centre for Movement & Dance / Trinity LABAN
‘96-‘99 Full-time Undergraduate Training Award | Arts Council of Ireland